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  • n. A young man too much given to tea parties and ladies' society generally (often for social advancement).


Early 20th Century. (Wiktionary)


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  • "Damn fool, he thought. You walked right into it, you clown. Because now he'd have even less freedom than before: Gödel would pin him down in some poodle-faking routine when he ought to be out hunting this Spanish mummer—if she really did exist, and if it really was her."
    The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman, p 81 of the 2008 Knopf paperback edition

    August 28, 2011